IIT-Madras to set up Research Centre with Japanese cos, will lead foray into paperless manufacturing

CHENNAI: Indian Institute of Technology Madras signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japanese Manufacturing firms, alfaTKG Co and OKABE Manufacturing for collaborations in paperless manufacturing, R&D activity, sponsorship programs, usages of facilities of alfaTKG, OKABE and IIT Madras by each other and exchange of employees and students between the firms and the university.

Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “There is a lot of potential for this kind of collaborati ..
collaboration with IIT Madras. This collaboration can also pave way for our students to intern in the partner firms in Japan.”

IIT Madras said that the agreement will help India foray into paperless manufacturing. As part of the initiative alfaTKG, which provides IoT-based solutions for driven paperless manufacturing technology in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Japan and other Asian Countries, will introduce a new solution for efficient manufacturing, machinery utility and health monitoring.

According to researchers, paperless manufacturing removes paper, and the errors and problems it causes, off the shop floor. The required documents and drawings are hyper linked and are locked with revision-control which ensures that employees use the latest, accurate information.

Toshio Takagi, President and CEO, alfaTKG, Japan, said, “We had a tie-up earlier with IIT Madras in 2015 and since then our firm has grown a lot. This is collaboration so important to the SMEs sector, which also uses a lot of Robots and IoT-based solutions.”

lfaTKG and Okabe India would offer internships to conduct field study and validation of the outcome of the proposed R&D Collaboration with IIT Madras

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